Virgil was born Sept. 10, 1934 to Virgil Ellis Smith and Clara Riding Smith in Toquerville, Utah, the youngest of eight children.
Virgil spent his childhood in Toquerville. After graduating from Hurricane High School he moved to Cedar City, Utah along with his parents. Except for a short stay in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, Virg lived in Southern Utah and loved it.
Virgil married Nora Paddock on Nov. 27, 1954. They became the proud parents of three sons. They later divorced. On Dec. 18, 1981, Virgil married Kathy Murie and became a father to her three girls. They later divorced. In 1986 Virg met Trudy Hillyard and they were married March 30, 1989. They were sealed in the St. George LDS Temple on Sept. 18, 2000.
Virgil loved hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends and was planning the next trip even before the current one had ended. He was a natural athlete and excelled in many sports, receiving recognition in bowling and golfing. He especially treasured the time he was a Little League coach. Getting to coach his sons’ baseball teams brought him great joy. He was very proud of the team of young boys that were able to go to the Little League tournament in San Bernardino, Calif. Although they did not win the trophy they were all winners to him.
Virg had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing. While traveling, there was no need for a radio as Virg provided many hours of love songs and good ole country music. He and Trudy spent many a night singing in their home.
Virgil retired from PacifiCorp (Rocky Mountain Power) in 1990. While working for the power company, Virg made everlasting friends and valued those relationships long after he retired.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, his seven siblings, and a grandson, Tyree Kay Smith. He is survived by his eternal companion, Trudy; his sons, Terry Kay (Jill) of Cedar City, Utah, Kendall Alan (Heidi) of St. George, Utah and David Virgil (Sandra) of Santa Clara, Utah; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family expresses gratitude to all who offered love, support and assistance to Virgil and Trudy during this difficult time. A special thanks to Intermountain Homecare and Hospice, especially his nurse Penny.
And to Mikel Lyn, words alone can't express the gratitude and thankfulness for the love and care you gave your "Uncle Virgie" these past several months.
A viewing was Monday, May 2, 2016 at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N. 300 West, Cedar City, Utah). There will be no formal services. Interment was in the Cedar City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or organization. Or better still, take your family out for a double scoop of vanilla ice cream. This would make Virgil very happy.